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WC 2019: Rain Delays Warm-up Fixture Between Pakistan, Bangladesh

CARDIFF: Toss for the sixth warm-up fixture ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Pakistan and Bangladesh has been delayed due to drizzling here in Cardiff.

Earlier, captain of the national cricket team Sarfaraz Ahmed in a statement said that the entire team is upset about losing from an underdog team of the tournament.

He said that the players are working hard to regain momentum by defeating Bangladesh in the next fixture, vowing to improve in all the sections in the next encounter.

Previously on May 24, Afghanistan defeated Pakistan by three wickets in the first warm-up encounter ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Following the early collapse, the middle order batsman Babar Azam hit brilliant hundred to help Pakistan to set 263-run target for Pakistan on Friday at Bristol in the first practice match.

Afghanistan, chasing the target, started off the innings well as openers added 80 runs as Hazratullah Zazai was the first one to get out. He was sent to pavilion by spinner Shadab Khan

The Afghans were 244/5 when fast bowler Wahab Riaz came in to attack at the death overs and produced an almost match-winning spell. He picked up two wickets in the 47th over of the match but it was Hashmatullah Shahidi, who played a match-winning inning and guided his team to victory.

Imad Wasim also picked up two wickets in his allotted 10 overs with an economy rate of 2.90. Shadab Khan and Mohammad Amir picked up one wicket each.

Despite a good start, Pakistan lost four early wickets just on 100, however, at the stage, Babar Azam took the Afghan bowlers and played strokes all around the ground.

Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik joined hands and both added 103 runs for the fifth wicket that consolidated Pakistan innings.

Shoaib Malik returned to the pavilion after posting 44 with four fours and a mighty six.

Babaz Azam posted another century and showed his continue form by hitting 112 runs on 108 balls that were envisaged with only two fours.

Top class Afghanistan bowler Muhammad Nabi took three while Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran got two each.